Tag Archives: International Booker Prize

The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

Out of all the International Booker Prize shortlisted novels I’ve read, The Memory Police is one of my favorites by far! Admittedly, this had to stay in my TBR pile for a while before I got to it – I have not been in the right head-space to read a dystopian. However, when I finally […]

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Celestial Bodies, which is the first book to win the Booker International Prize from the Gulf region, was my first glimpse into life in Oman. It showed me a bit of its history and the transformation it has undergone during the latter half of the 20th century, which I knew very little of before. The […]

The White Book by Han Kang

What a brilliantly unusual story! In Han Kang’s The White Book, the narrator is a writer who has temporarily moved to an unnamed European city, a “city of severe winters,” on a creative retreat. One day this writer decides that she should write a book about all things white, and makes a list of objects […]

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

A Horse Walks into a Bar is a clever novel, but reading it was a tiring experience. Dovaleh G is a veteran standup comedian who takes the stage at a comedy club in the small Israeli town of Netanya. Avishai Lazar, Dov’s childhood friend, and former District Court Justice is also in the audience, and […]

The Vegetarian by Han Kang

Upon reading the very first sentence of The Vegetarian, where Mr Cheong describes his wife to be “completely unremarkable in every way”, it was obvious to me that I was in for a treat. He is certainly not a man in love, at least not with his wife, so what made him marry her? In […]